5* Review Resilience

Regina Shen Resilience

Think Hunger Games. Think in the future (way future) and battle for survival. The rich survive while the poor fight for their lives to be… well, the last one standing.

Let me set the scene…

The inner circle is surrounded by a giant wall. Have you ever watched the Avatar cartoon? The “big city” is surrounded by this giant wall to keep the outside world out, separate from the inside world. That’s what we have here.

On the inside is the “worthy”. BUT, they are all women. No men. The world is run by women. “Grand Old Dames” to be exact. Hundreds of years old Grand Old Dames because technology.

On the outside is “swamp” with the residents being called “swamp rats”. Again, no men. All women. (Men no longer exist, sorry guys!)

Resilience essentially follows Regina going through a severe thunderstorm that floods the entire swamp, losing her family and everyone else they knew.

While trying to survive the swamp and all that comes with it, the flooding, and losing everything (family, home and belongings) she now must remain out of the reach of the Antiquities from the “inner city” who want her unique DNA for breeding.

I thoroughly enjoyed following Regina’s adventures and escapes as well as her creativity. I look forward to reading the next books in the series to see what happens to her along the way!

(by Lela at http://lifeasleels.com/regina-shen-resilience-book-1/)

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Interview–Regina Shen 1

How much of the Regina Shen series is realistic?

While I hope we can avoid the calamity of rising seas and economic collapse, there are those who would suppress knowledge of the past and knowledge they don’t approve of to suit their aims. We may not have an official caste system, but at times in our history moving up from our birth station has been difficult for many. The places in the story match names on our maps, but after four hundred years have changed in ways to be unrecognizable. In addition, I’ve taken a few liberties for the sake of creating an interesting story. Thus, I believe the conflicts, emotions, and struggles are real, yet this is a futuristic, some might say fantasy type world.

5* Review – Endurance

This is Book 4 in the Regina Shen series by author Lance Erlick. I have read the first three and I have liked all of them.  For those who have not read the earlier books in the series I will not tell of the book itself. But rather of the great story that the author has given us in this series. This is the continuation of Regina Shen looking for her sister. Anyone who loves science fiction will like this series. The story and the writing is wonderful. I give this book a 5/5. I really recommend this series.

(http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2016/07/endurance-regina-shen-series-by-lance.html)

5* Review -Vigilance

The Second book is just as good as the first and keeps you in the edge of your seat the whole time. I am really enjoying this series a lot and highly recommend it to anyone who loved YA Dystopian like I do. You really get more into the characters and the world Regina Shen lives in. Lance Erlick is a fantastic writer and storyteller.

(http://teaandabook.com/books/regina-shen-vigilance-lance-erlick/)

5* Review – Resilience

Most of the novel’s action revolves around Regina’s attempts to weather out the hurricane, with occasional separation from her family members, not to mention simultaneous pursuit by the Department of Antiquities, the third-person sections with Demarco being decent breaks from the first-person narration. This reviewer further liked how despite the book’s dealing with the potential adverse effects of climate change, it doesn’t become preachy on the issue, and although the book would receive three sequels, the first ends without any major cliffhangers or last-minute revelations, ultimately accounting for a satisfying read.

(by Jeremy Gallen at http://theautisticgamer.blogspot.com/2016/06/resilience.html)

Resilience Review

      `Resilience` is the first book in an action-packed, science fiction, young-adult, series by author Lance Erlick. The Federation are the evil rulers. The people under the Federation are known as Marginals. Women within the Federation could only have children if they obeyed. The Federation dumbed down the Marginals, they were not allowed to read books.

      This book reminds me of the `Hunger Games`. The setting is fictional and it complements the characters. The book, `A Tale of Two Cities` is mentioned because both stories tell of hardships and spies.

      Chapter seven ended with a twist, which shook my nerves. I like how Regina took the only resources she could find and turned them into something useful. Example, she tied logs together to make a raft. But, she knew bounty hunters were after her. She could relate to the `Life on the Mississippi` character, Tom Sawyer.

(by Michelle at http://newhorizonreviews.blogspot.com/2016/06/review-resilience.html)

Endurance Review

Regina Shen: Endurance (book 4) begins with Regina Shen still on the run from the federation and dealing with the betrayal of her mother. Regina has all the keys to saving or destroying the federation and if she were anyone, but an outcast then she would be queen. However outcasts cannot even become citizens. This leaves Regina on the run and trying to figure out what she should do as allies become traitors and the federation follows her.

I found that Regina Shen: Endurance (book 4) was the best book in the series by far. This is the book where Regina truly decides her fate and the fate of the Federation. However I cannot seem to get over the simple fact that if the Federation had not made her an outcast most of the trouble could have been avoided. Regina really came into herself in this book as she was given more and more choices on what she could do with what she knew.

(by Misty at http://hubpages.com/literature/Regina-Shen-Endurance-book-4-Review)

Defiance Review (5 star)

This series just keeps getting better and better! This book didn’t feel filler, as some 2nd and 3rd books can tend to be. It had it’s share of adventure and plot movement, and stood on it’s own (not in terms of being read alone, I don’t recommend that at all) but as it was a legit addition to the series and needed to be there for the continued growth of the series. 

The character development in this series is starting to surprise me. I have read so many series where I enjoy the ride the characters take in personal growth, but this one has taken the cake. I have grown so attached to Regina and her journey that I find myself talking about this book whenever I can. I feel for her, and root for her. She is just such an unseen character in some of the YA dystopian books. She has a brain, and she uses it. It isn’t an afterthought for her. And it’s nice to see a strong, SMART, female lead for a change.

In this book Regina is still on the run, and now looking for her sister. This added to the adventure and page turning for me. I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to find out what happened. We find out a lot about the world Regina lives in this book as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love when series just get stronger as they progress. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the last book! I have so many unanswered questions and feelings about certain characters: like the mother and the Chief Inspector. I just need to know what happens and know that it all works out for Regina 🙂

(Posted at: http://bookishlydevoted.blogspot.com/2016/07/regina-shen-defiance-by-lance-erlick.html)

Vigilance Review (5 star)

I enjoyed Book 2 in the series called “Regina Shen” as much as I liked the first book.  Regina Shen has done all that she can to try to stay alive and not get caught by the horrible people that want to use her body to save others. She finally after 2 years has figured out a way to jump the Barrier Wall to try to get to her sister who she knows has been taken by these people. Has she done enough and learned all that she can to save her sister and keep herself free? After all she is the one that they want. Maybe they will let her sister go now. When she gets to her sister, if she can, there are very hard decisions that she must make. Will she be able to make the hard choices? I am so excited to start reading Book 3 in this series. I give this book a 5/5.

(by Debra Gaudette at http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2016/06/regina-shen-by-lance-erlick-book-tour.html)

Resilience Review

Regina Shen is a woman living in world that bans books and artifacts from before the Great Collapse.

I have to say when I began reading Regina Shen: Resilience I was not sure that I would truly enjoy it because I felt like the book was based on a concept that had been done before by other authors. However as I read more and more of the book I discovered just how wrong I was. This book may be based on a similar concept, but the book is far from ordinary. The plot of the novel keeps moving in sort of zig-zag which keeps the reader guessing about what is going to happen next. The author does a truly amazing job with stringing each chapter together and with character creation. I truly loved Regina Shen she is a character that just keep picking herself back up and trying again. I enjoyed the fact that she was a strong female lead character and her eidetic memory allowed her to learn and understand faster than other characters. Her enjoyment of books is something I could truly understand and appreciate. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for new take on an old concept.

(Posted: http://hubpages.com/literature/Regina-Shen-Series-Reviews)

Endurance Another Review

In the final Regina Shen novel, the strong female protagonist continues her journey while being a fugitive not to mention a pawn in various power struggles. Rival luminaries in the World Federation wish to control her for her unique genetic code that could possibly deter a fertility downfall across the world. Regina essentially has an eidetic memory when it comes to texts that predate the After Community Movement (ACM) year-dating system, with rising waters caused by climate change having initiated the change of temporal measurement. The rival agents seek Regina’s knowledge so they can find artifacts that predate the ACM year system, which the Department of Antiquities (DOA) then destroys.

Even so, Regina attempts her best not to allow the Federation to eliminate any more of the world’s history, while still seeking to rescue her kidnapped younger sister Colleen Shen. A significant portion of the novel’s action occurs in the Southwest Desert, whither Regina flees with a close ally, in search of a vault she can hopefully exchange for her sister’s emancipation from captivity. However, Regina is fated to endure tragedy that both devastates her but opens up new potential, although this can lead her down a precarious path close to her destiny, but farther from her sibling.

The story itself commences in the Alaska wilderness in the month of August in the Year 298 ACM, with Regina still being narrator for the majority of the novel, finding that she needs only food and water to survive, maybe a blanket due to the coldness of Alaska in contrast to the Richmond swamps where she was raised, although the action moves across North America. Overall, the conclusion to the Regina Shen tetralogy is an enjoyable one, with plenty of action and twists to keep readers on edge. As with its predecessors, a glossary is included after the main text, which clarifies terminology unique to the novel, not to mention its predecessors. As with most book series, furthermore, it’s definitely a good idea to start from the very beginning, with readers very much in for a treat in regards to this literary pantheon.

(by Der Jermeister at http://theautisticgamer.blogspot.com/2016/06/regina-shen-endurance.html)

Defiance Another Review

Defiance is the third book in the Regina Shen series and once again the author pulls me into Regina’s world.

As I’ve stated in both my reviews of the first two books, what makes this series so good are the well-developed characters and the world-building. This continues in the third book as Regina continues to run from those wanting to hunt her down. This time she gets the support from renegade groups who see her as their hope for a better world. Regina is no longer navigating the swamps on the opposite side of the Wall that separates the outcasts, but she is in foreign dry land, hiding in bunkers, forests and among the truckers who cross desert-like areas to deliver their goods.

Regina is a pawn in the corrupt political arena that plays out for power in this dystopian setting. She’s 17 but has a photographic memory and has been trained with knowledge from illegal salvaged print books so that she is able to outwit some of those who are after her for her DNA to solve the fertility crisis. The Chief Inspector who hunts her down understands how Regina thinks because they come from the same background and she is the perfect villain. The author displays both her cruelty but also her vulnerability, making her a fleshed-out well-developed character.

Once again we are introduced to new characters and I must say that the author does a great job doing this. Each character pulls their weight in carrying the storyline forward and their distinct characterisation makes his novels such a pleasure to read. Ester, who becomes Regina’s companion on the run becomes lovesick and annoying. She’s a distraction to Regina and doesn’t always understand what makes Regina such a survivalist but she eventually redeems herself in my eyes by the end of the book.

Once again, through many twists and turns, Regina finds herself at a crossroad by the end of the novel, leaving the reader wondering how it will continue to play out. I look forward to digging into the last book Endurance Book 4 in the series to see how Regina keeps growing as a character and as a leader for change in her broken society. If you like well-written dystopian novels don’t miss this series. It will not disappoint!

(by Laura Fabiani at http://www.libraryofcleanreads.com/2016/07/regina-shen-defiance-book-3-by-lance.html)